License Exams

Free License Exams

Hamvention continues to be the place to get your first license or upgrade to a new license class.

Free license exams will be given across the street from Hamvention at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, 343 West Ankeney Mill Rd.

Testing for all license classes will be available on Friday, May 15th and on Saturday, May 16th.
Hours for testing both days will be 09:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be no testing on Sunday.

Free shuttle vans are provided from the Hamvention site to the testing location and back. Shuttles will pick up and drop off at the main Hamvention gate.

Exams will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no pre-registration. Large print exams will be available at all test sessions as will assistance for those who may have special needs.  All are encouraged to come and take a test.

Each applicant must have the following:

***Due to recent changes by the FCC it is very important that new license applicants obtain an FRN before arriving to test. Failure to do so will delay being able to test***

  1. An FCC Registration number (FRN).  An FRN may be obtained by visiting the FCC at
    • From this page click on the REGISTER button and follow the instructions to create a username account. Once you have created a username account you will receive an email from the FCC with a link to confirm the account and apply for an FRN. Be sure to copy down the FRN number you are issued and bring it with you to the testing location.
  2. Their current license (original copy, Reference Copy or Official Copy) if applicable.
  3. The original and a copy of any CSCE or other paperwork (expired licenses, FCC letters, etc.) being submitted for element credit.
  4. Identification
    • a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, CAC)
    • a non-government issued photo ID (e.g. student ID)
    • a non-photo ID (e. g. birth certificate)

Applicants may wish to bring a basic calculator for use during the exam as we have a limited number of basic calculators to loan. Use of smartphones and programmable calculators is prohibited.

Already licensed? Consider volunteering with Hamvention License Exams. We are always in need of talented Hams to join our team of Volunteer Examiners.

Contact us at

Need to study? Try one or more of these resources:

Dave Casler /KE0OG Amateur Radio Tutorial
An excellent source of amateur radio information. Be sure to check out Dave’s YouTube videos.

Dan Romanchik /KB6NU No Nonsense Technician Study Guide
A great straight forward study guide
General amateur radio news, call sign lookup, and practice tests. Amateur Radio Practice Exams
Practice tests to check your amateur radio knowledge.

AA9PW FCC Exam Practice
Practice tests to check your amateur radio knowledge. Ham Exams
Practice tests to check your amateur radio knowledge.

ARRL Amateur Exam Question Pools
The full question pool used to generate exams.

Testing Location

Free license exams will be given across the street from Hamvention at
Memorial United Presbyterian Church
343 West Ankeney Mill Road, (Fairgrounds Road).

GPS coordinates 39.69664 – 83.93704



Chris Jebens
Chairman, License Exams

Dave Crawford
Asst. Chairman, License Exams

Sabrina Hamill
Asst. Chairman, License Exams

Contact Information


An FCC Registration number (FRN) is required for testing. You may register for one at

Need help getting an FRN? Here’s how